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Dark Knight Jaxon Letcher showing off his fabulous costume

Inside this issue: • Children’s Party • Cashin Scholarship winner announced • Out and about • Meet Dawn Bruce McLaren Retirement Village Autumn Newsletter 2018

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Greetings from Chantelle... Hello and welcome to the first edition of McLaren’s Messenger for 2018. I do hope this year will be a great year for you. I would like to welcome all the new residents who have joined us since our last newsletter. I joined the Bruce McLaren family in December and I would like to thank everyone for being so welcoming and making me feel at home. We had lots of fun activities throughout the month including our fabulous Christmas parties and dinners. Our recent Children’s Party was a great success and our activities team worked hard to produced a spectacular event.

As you may be aware, the compactor area is going to be rebuilt. This project is due for completion in April or May. I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding while this work is taking place. As you know, my door is always open and I appreciate receiving any feedback so please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries or concerns. g Kind regards,

Chantelle Hand Village Manager

The Ryman Season of The Nutcracker The Royal New Zealand Ballet is hard at work to bring the new production of the muchloved Christmas classic, The Nutcracker, to New Zealand’s stages. The Ryman Healthcare Season of The Nutcracker will be the RNZB’s biggest tour of 2018, opening in Wellington on 31 October and touring to Blenheim, Invercargill, Dunedin, Christchurch, Palmerston North, Napier, Auckland and Takapuna, through to 15 December. The Nutcracker is the third tour sponsored by Ryman, following the sell-out success of The Wizard of Oz and Romeo and Juliet.

Chantelle Hand Village Manager Ph: 09 535 0220

Rose Lawlor Sales Advisor Ph: 09 535 0225

Call Chantelle for general enquiries or any information about resthome, hospital or dementia care.

Talk to Rose about retirement living options and availabilities in the village.

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The annual Children’s Party is an opportunity for “kids” of all generations to come together and have fun. This year was no different!

Resident Murray Smith with his granddaugh ter Sarah Hadley and great-gra nddaughter Annabelle Hadley

There were a number of animals to pet, a bouncy castle, animal bicycles, face painting, boats on the pond, games to play, a delicious afternoon tea party and a fortune teller (our very own Mystic Mavis)! Mystic Mavis gave everyone treats after their readings. We had a lot of fun and we hope that everyone enjoyed their day out. We are looking forward to planning our next one! ha Cassin


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Activities coordinator Topsy Reynolds, resthome coordinator Faye Pinpin and activities coordinator Lily Iseta

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<generic recipe> Bob Scott bowlers take on Melbourne While most of us were sleeping off our Christmas feasts on Boxing Day, four residents from Bob Scott Retirement Village were heading to Melbourne. The winners of the Ryman lower North Island regional bowls tournament, Arie Molenaar, Shirley Wilson, Ron Scott and Reta Morris, were eager to take on Australian bowlers in the Glen Waverley Bowls Carnival. “The atmosphere was brilliant. There was a lot of interest in us and people asking how we were doing,” Arie says. The team also enjoyed their visit to Ryman’s 1st Melbourne village the Weary Dunlop Retirement Village where they had a tour and morning tea with the residents.

ta t, Shirely Wilson and Re Arie Molenaar, Ran Scot a ent Bob Scott in Australi es pr re to d ou pr re we Morris talk there. It’s a social spot,” Arie says. “Sometimes we’re there for half an hour and we don’t play bowls we just talk!”

They all agree that it is the best thing to have a bowling green in a village as it brings people together.

They all give a very big thank you to Ryman and Denise Thompson, Ryman community and relations team leader, and Russ Nicholls, from the Glen Waverley Bowls Club.

“A lot of people go there just to sit and

“We’re just so proud to be part of Ryman.

Cashin Scholarship Winner 2018 Emma Glasson is all set to pursue her dream career after winning the $5,000 Cashin Scholarship. The 18-year-old from Invercargill has started her first year studying for a Bachelor of Commerce and she says the scholarship has eased the pressure on her family. Emma’s mum Deanna is a senior caregiver at Rowena Jackson Retirement Village in Invercargill and started there in 2012 after the family moved south from Christchurch. Emma says the earthquakes were tough on the family. “The earthquakes took a toll on us all and mum and dad decided that Invercargill would be a good place to move to.’’ Emma is the seventh winner of the scholarship established in honour of

Ryman director Mike Cashin. Blair Cashin, Mike’s son, said Emma was a deserving winner. “We were delighted to support Emma’s ambitions to study accountancy. She’s part of a family whose lives were disrupted by the earthquakes but she is a determined character who has done well at school through her hard work.’’ The scholarship is open to all Ryman staff and their families.

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Resident Esma Rastrick with New Zealand Women’s Weekly editor Alice O’Connell

The hunt for fantastic grandparents is on! Ryman Healthcare has joined forces with New Zealand Women’s Weekly magazine in the search for the nation’s Grandparents of the Year. To help launch this year’s search, Ryman invited magazine editor Alice O’Connell and her team to a lavish high tea at its Bert Sutcliffe retirement village where residents gave them a very warm welcome.

“With so many wonderful grandparents amongst our residents alone I just know choosing the winners is going to be extremely tough – I will have my tissues at the ready too!”

How to enter

Radio presenter Lorna Subritzky, was the MC for the event.

Describe in 500 words or less why you or your nominee deserves to be a winner

“With more mothers working and under so much pressure it’s grandparents who end up picking up the slack either with childcare or financially - they are the unsung heroes,” she said.

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“So we need to celebrate these people and say they’re doing something wonderful.” Alice said more judges had been brought on board to choose each category winner this year, including Ryman’s own Group Sales Manager Debbie McClure, who grew up living next door to her grandparents. “I know from first-hand experience just how special the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren can be and I’m thrilled that Ryman is involved with New Zealand Women’s Weekly to celebrate that.

The four categories are: Gran of the Year, Granddad of the Year, Honorary Grandparent of the Year (to recognise those who may not be bloodrelated but whose love is no less strong), and Grandparents of the Year. Closing date for entries is Sunday March 4, 2018. The competition is open to Ryman Residents.

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Musical interlude

Out and about

ays Music is a balm for the soul and alw ter bet n welcome in the resthome. It is eve tors! when we have musically inclined visi our for If you are interested in playing . residents, please contact Chantelle

Our resthome residents visited the Bucklands Beach Yacht Club’s annual art exhibit ion. It was a fundraiser with profits going toward s the Junior Learn to Sail programme. The residen ts also met a local artist and watched as she wo rked.

Elsie Bailey enjoying the moment

Elsie Bailey (left) and Yvonne Wallac e loved the artshow

Introducing Paula Tarling Hello, my name is Paula Tarling and I am the assistant manager at Bruce McLaren. I grew up in Weymouth, South Auckland and attended James Cook high school. Drama and ballet were my passions at school and I was lucky enough to be involved in many productions. I left school after 6th form and worked for Telecom. However, all I really wanted to do was travel. So, at 18, I bought a one-way ticket to London and I stayed there for ten years! I loved every minute of it and have fond memories and built great friendships. I travelled extensively around Europe and South-East Asia, as well as backpacking in India. I also lived in Japan for a year.

I eventually returned to NZ, settled down and had a family and have worked in the healthcare sector for most of my working life. I have been er 2016 and with Ryman since October thoroughly enjoy working here as I have made many new friends, staff and residents alike. I have also been involved with a number of events at McLaren St Bruce Patrick's Day wassuch a lotasofthe Verona Ballfun and the village quiz, which at Edmund Hillary with I thoroughly enjoyed. green outfits,I look greenforward food, to getting to and know more of you as this of course, Guinness! year progresses.

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Introducing Dawn Dowling Born in Epsom Auckland. I am an identical twin and have one other sister. My first job was with Sargood Son & Ewen in Central Auckland where I received excellent training and rapid advancement. Married in 1966 I was keen to work closer to home and was approached by Andrew & Andrew Motors in Otahuhu who knew of my experience with the NCR32 Accounting system, thus offered me a role. In 1969 my first son Dean was born and in 1972 my second son Andrew was born. I loved being a full- time mum. I have faced many challenges including rebuilding my life with two small children. The highlight of my career was forming Personnel Partners Limited. This became a very successful recruitment consulting company for almost 20 years. I was also very involved with Human Resources of New Zealand and was treasurer for several years. I decided to sell my Parnell business premises. During the first 15 years of my move into selling real estate

I kept my company registered with the company’s office. In the early 60’s I was an Auckland Netball representative and am co- founder of College Rifles Netball Club in Remuera. I am a member of many interest groups including the Designers Guild. The highs and lows of my journey through life have been precious lessons and have equipped me with a great understanding of empathy for others. Selling my home to move to Bruce McLaren in 2015 has proved a happy outcome. The combination of a great bunch of residents and staff is like living in paradise.

Shortbread The Ralph Family Recipe Makes approx 30 pieces Ingredients: 450g butter 3/4 cup caster sugar 1/2 cup cornflower

2 cups flour 1/4 teaspoon salt

Method: • Cream butter and sugar well. • Add sifted flour, cornflour and salt. • Knead well, roll out fairly thick (1cm). • Cut into pieces, place on cold greased tray and prick with a fork.

• Bake for 15-18 minutes 180°C. • Leave to cool. Enjoy!

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Time for dancing It was a fantastic year for our line dancing group. We have seen many new faces, had plenty of fun and laughter, and managed to keep fit and mobile. Our Christmas party was a huge success, giving us more time to socialise and have more laughs. We can’t wait for the year ahead of us!

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off their fantastic Our residents showing party moves at our Christmas

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